Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's alive!

I finally got my monster PC rig working, mostly.


It turned out to be a royal pain to build the PC from scratch.  The first motherboard (Gigabyte gaming7)  I used was bad and would randomly reboot.  I returned it and got an ASUS Maximum VII which has been flawless.  The biggest headache was getting all the peripherals to work in Windows 8.1, and getting a good WIFI signal from my base station which is on the other side of my house.  I'm still struggling with that a little bit, but a signal booster seems to have fixed it for the most part.


I've got the Saitek yoke working and it's pretty good.  I actually shouldn't have bought the PFC yoke because I feel that the Saitek is just fine for my purposes.  I also got the Saitek X52 gaming stick which I'm using to play WorldOfWarplanes which is pretty amazing.  The resolution is incredible and the NVidia 780ti is having no issues driving the 3 monitor display at over 100 frames per second and 5760x1080 resolution.  So far I'm experimenting with Prepar3D and XPlane and I'm a little torn on which one I prefer. Prepar3D has more planes and is easier to use but I'm having some driver issues where I cannot use the Saitek Multi and Switch panel without some wrangling, and when I get it working then my trim wheel stops working.  X-Plane has better graphics and a better flight model, but limited aircraft and panels.

Here is the final shopping list, I bought evertyhing from Amazon except the VolairSim chassis which I ordered from their website.

VolairSim chassis http://www.volairsim.com/
ASUS Maximus VII motherboard
Intel I7 4790K 4ghz CPU
3X BENQ 1ms gaming monitor 144hz XL2720Z
Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse
Razer DeathStalker gaming keyboard
Samsung 840 Evo SSD
Seagate 4TG SATA HDD
Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR3 1866mghz RAM
EVGA GeForce 780ti GPU
LG 12X SATA BluRay Combo Drive
Windows 8.1 64bit system builders OEM
Saitek Pro Flight Cessna trim wheel
Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals
Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel
Saitek Pro Flight Multi Panel
2X Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant
Saitek Pro Flight Yoke
Saitek X52 Flight Control System (For Games)
TrackIR5 Head Tracking


2 comments:

  1. Now that is some serious PC flying! And there you can practice in the comfort of your chair.

    Some people really know how to have fun, but I would rather grab my Randolph Aviator sunglasses head out to the airport and fly my wife's Cub for a couple of hours!

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  2. Try Powerline-ethernet. Tripled my internet speeds over wireless with mid house booster

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